The following appeared in NRA's America's 1st Freedom March 2015 magazine...
by David Clarke Jr. - Milwaukee County Sheriff
Why we must reverse the recent trend of unjustified hatred for our country’s law enforcement professionals, who put their lives on the line daily to protect our families and communities.
Every time a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty, every cop in America feels it personally. In fact, a little bit of each of us dies with them.
My heart, my thoughts and my prayers are with the New York Police Department (NYPD) during this very difficult time. The trouble is, many of us saw attacks on random police officers coming. When the president of the United States, his attorney general and the mayor of New York City all wagged their political fingers at police officers before all the facts were clear, and in already racially charged circumstances, they emboldened those few true cop haters—those anarchists who usually have to hide in the sewers of society. These lowlifes felt as if they had been given license by top political figures to loot, burn and even murder in the name of justice.
This is where we have found ourselves because of the irresponsible political opportunism of President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. When these men had a chance to extol the virtues of our law enforcement officers—their bravery, their courage, their integrity, their commitment, their sacrifices—they instead chose a twisted brand of political opportunism to score points with certain constituencies.
This disappoints, shocks and outrages me. I expect such rhetoric from charlatans like Al Sharpton, but not from leaders who should know better. This could have been Obama’s “Gettysburg Address” moment. He could have brought the country back together and tried to create some healing. Instead, he poured salt on a wound.
So what do we do now? How do we stop this demagoguery and move forward toward real solutions? In my decades as a law enforcement officer, I have come to a few conclusions that I think can help.
1. Realize Who Police Officers Are ... Continue reading on America's 1st Freedom
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